Teaching Data Science to Kids – The “Junk Box” and Classification Algorithms

Data Science, Kids, Teaching

In Silico Biology

I don’t hide that I love to teach kids. If I wasn’t a biologist or a data scientist, teacher would probably by my 3rd choice. There something fun in seeing the eyes of the kids spark when they get a concept and learn a new idea.

Recently I’ve been challenged by friends on how to explain data science concepts to very young kids. Sure the mathematical and computacional knowledge they have is pretty limited but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to teach them new concepts. You just have to change the way you teach them.

Challenge accepted! Get your junk drawer of office supplies! It’s time to teach the kids about classification !

ok, not really a drawer 😛 but let’s try with these two cups

So what are classification problems?

Classifying objects, animals, books, food…..is part of the human experiment. Explaining to the kid that  the computer first defines…

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